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Historic Homes & Estates in Florida
Journey back to days on by and visit some of the most well preserved historic homes and estates in the state of Florida. When visiting north-central Florida, stop by the Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation in Gainesville, Florida. Stroll through the house museum to hear the tales of the Talking Walls of the enslaved laborers who lived and worked there.
Down in Key West, visit the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum, now a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Tour the former estate of America's most honored and respected authors, which consists of the home, gardens, and pool. Make sure you're not allergic to the feline species, as it is also home to over 54 cats!
Over on the southwest Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, spend a day at touring over 17 acres at the Thomas Edison Winter Estate and the adjacent Henry Ford Estate. Now a museum and botanical garden, visit the former homes of two of the world’s greatest innovators of our time and get of glimpse of 19th and 20th-century living.
Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation
With the goal to depict Florida plantation life, the Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation is located outside of the north-central Florida community of Gainesville. Owned by the Alachua Conservation Trust, along with the city and the Haile Family Trust, the house museum offers tours and special events throughout the year.
Visitors are regaled by trained docents while being guided through the home to see focal points like the Talking Walls and more. Tours last up to an hour and are available Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Covering 17 acres, the Thomas Edison Winter Estate and Henry Ford Estate is located on the southwest Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the site is now a museum and botanical gardens.
Set on the Caloosahatchee River, the Edison estate was built in 1886, while the Ford estate was erected in 1915. Visitors may tour the Edison Ford homes, and the Edison Ford Gardens for over 400 species of plants and the Estates Garden Shoppe, or stop by the Edison Botanic Research Lab.
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
Built in 1851, the Ernest Hemingway House – and now museum – is located in the southern Florida Keys in the city of Key West. A U.S. National Historic Landmark and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the site consists of the home, gardens, pool, and of course, plenty of cats.
The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum is open daily throughout the year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided 30-minute tours are offered to all visitors, as well as the Hemingway Home Book Store & Gift Shop.
Naples Historical Society Palm Cottage
Established in 1962 , the Naples Historical Society offers educational programs and preserves local southwest Gulf Coast landmarks like the Historic Palm Cottage. Take a guided tour or explore on your own the city's heritage and cultured gardens at the exhibitions of the Naples Palm Cottage.
The cottage is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and no reservations are needed.
One of Sarasota's landmark attractions, the Ca' d'Zan is a Mediterranean Revival mansion located on the coast of west-central Florida. Once the winter home of American circus owner John Ringling, the mansion has since been listed as a U.S. Historic District Contributing Property.
Guided and self-guided tours through the Sarasota mansion's 56 rooms and the adjoining gardens are readily available. See the tasteful decorations and hidden histories behind one of America's famous circus man.
Florida Governor's Mansion
Also known as the People's House of Florida, the Florida Governor's Mansion is a historic home located in Tallahassee. Built in 1956, the home was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Tours of the Colonial Revival home are lead by volunteers of the Governor's Mansion Docent Program, guiding visitors through 30 rooms chock-full of historic furnishings.
Visitors of the Panhandle of encouraged to schedule a tour of the Florida Governor's Mansion ahead of time.